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Sociology (B.A.)

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Sociology provides insight into how various social categories, such as social class, race, ethnicity, gender and age influences individual experiences and the operation of social institutions, including but not limited to, education, health, politics, law and order, and the economy. Sociology students, through research methods and design, are exposed to analytical skills that allow for the exploration of how various social categories influence individual and institutional behavior and how individual experiences in turn shape the existing societal social structure. Issues of interest include poverty, racial and gender inequalities, crime, health, education and economic inequalities and urban communities. At the global level, sociologists are interested in the study of migration, population growth, globalization and economic development. 

Sociology offers two optional concentrations: Social Justice Track or Medical Sociology.

Majoring in sociology prepares students for graduate school and a wide variety of careers, such as social psychology, criminology or criminal justice, social research, social work, public administration, organizational research, business, education, market research, health services research, law, and community planning. 

A sociology major and minor  and a medical sociology minor are offered to students in the College of Arts and Sciences. The sociology program also supports the criminal justice and human relations majors. 


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Required Courses (33 credits) ALL of the following courses: SOCY 100 Introduction to Sociology SSC 350 Interdisciplinary Research Methods SOCY 421 Sociological Theory SOCY 499 Senior Seminar ONE course in statistics: MATH 110 Introduction to Statistics SSC 255 Statistics for the Social Sciences SIX additional courses in sociology or other approved courses

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Career Paths

  • Market Research Analyst
  • Family Services Counselor
  • Demographer
  • Caseworker
  • College Admissions Counselor
  • Personnel Manager
  • Public Administrator
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Lawyer
  • Probation Officer

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Recent internship sites include the Department of Education, National Geographic Magazine, the National Museum of American History, the American Sociological Association, The Family Place and the Children’s Defense Fund.

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Dr. E. Wairimu Mwangi, Assistant Professor of Sociology (program chair); Dr. Hans Momplaisir, Assistant Professor of Sociology; Sr. Mary Johnson, SND, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies; Dr. Konia Kollehlon, Associate Professor of Sociology; Dr. Roberta Goldberg, Professor of Sociology; Dr. Roxana Moayedi, Professor of Sociology;

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